A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 by W. Phillip Keller PDF
By W. Phillip Keller
'The Lord is my shepherd, I shall now not be in wish ...' go back and forth the shepherd's route to the fairway pastures and funky, clean waters of Psalm 23. As a shepherd, Phillip Keller stocks his insights into the lifestyles and personality of sheep---and of the great Shepherd who loves and cares for them. This loved vintage will provide new aspiring to the ageless Shepherd Psalm, enriching your belief in and love for the Lord who watches heavily over you.
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Because of this rivalry, tension, and competition for status and self-assertion, there is friction in the flock. The sheep cannot lie down 36 He Makes Me Lie Down in Green Pastures and rest in contentment. Always they must stand up and defend their rights and contest the challenge of the intruder. Hundreds and hundreds of times I have watched an austere old ewe walk up to a younger one which might have been feeding contentedly or resting quietly in some sheltered spot. She would arch her neck, tilt her head, dilate her eyes, and approach the other with a stiff-legged gait.
And this we do deliberately, repeatedly, even to our own disadvantage. There is something almost terrifying about the destructive self-determination of a human being. It is inexorably interlocked with personal pride and self-assertion. We insist we know what is best for us even though the disastrous results may be self-evident. Just as sheep will blindly, habitually, stupidly follow one another along the same little trails until they become ruts that erode into gigantic gullies, so we humans cling to the same habits that we have seen ruin other lives.
Wool in Scripture depicts the old self-life in the Christian. It is the outward expression of an inner attitude, the assertion of my own desire and hopes and aspirations. It is the area of my life in which and through which I am continually in contact with the world around me. Here is where I find the clinging accumulation of things, of possessions, of worldly ideas beginning to weigh me down, drag me down, hold me down. It is significant that no high priest was ever allowed to wear wool when he entered the Holy of Holies.
A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 by W. Phillip Keller